March 4, 2020 / 3:44 AM / a month ago

LeVert's career-high 51 carries Nets past Celtics

Caris LeVert scored a career-high 51 points, 37 from the fourth quarter on, as the Brooklyn Nets rallied from 21 points down to stun the host Boston Celtics 129-120 in overtime Tuesday.

Mar 3, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; American tennis player John McEnroe and Boston Celtics guard Gordon Hayward (20) exchange jerseys before the start of a game between the Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets as part of the Laver Cup promotion at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

LeVert shot 17 of 26 from the field and scored all 11 of the Nets’ points in the extra period as they overcame 21 turnovers to snap a four-game losing streak. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 16 points off the bench for Brooklyn.

Jaylen Brown had 22 points, and Kemba Walker scored 21 in his return from five games missed with a knee injury for the Celtics, who have lost back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 16-18.

The Nets scored a franchise-record 51 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 71-50 deficit with 6:28 left in the third quarter. They entered the fourth down 84-67.

LeVert got Brooklyn within four on back-to-back threes with 2:47 remaining. Another LeVert three trimmed Boston’s lead to 110-108 with 1:32 left.

The Celtics led by three with the ball and 6.7 seconds left, but a Rodions Kurucs steal gave the Nets a chance to tie. LeVert was fouled by Smart on a 3-point attempt with 0.2 seconds on the clock and sunk all his free throws to force overtime.

LeVert outscored Boston 11-2 the rest of the way.

The Celtics played without All-Star forward Jayson Tatum, sidelined by an illness. Gordon Hayward didn’t play in the second half due to a right knee contusion he appeared to sustain on an inadvertent collision with Daniel Theis late in the second quarter.

The Celtics came out firing to start, Brown slamming down a 360 dunk five minutes in before Smart denied Jarrett Allen with an emphatic block on the Nets’ next possession. Boston led 33-28 at quarter’s end.

The Nets kept pace until the Celtics went up by double digits, 50-38, on a Smart 3-pointer with 3:45 left in the half. Boston entered the break up 56-43.

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